Over 200 Rockets Fired At Israel: Palestinian Militant Group

Over 200 Rockets Fired At Israel: Palestinian Militant Group

Over 200 Rockets Fired At Israel: Palestinian Militant Group

Meanwhile, five Israelis have been killed in Hamas rocket attacks Tuesday and early Wednesday, including two people in the city of Ashkelon.

Weeks of tensions boiled over when Israeli riot police clashed with crowds of Palestinians at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Israel said its jets had targeted and killed several Hamas intelligence leaders early on Wednesday.

A man and a girl were killed Wednesday in the central city of Lod after a vehicle they were in was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, Israeli police said.

The most intensive aerial exchanges between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in Gaza have prompted global concern that the situation could spiral out of control. "We need an immediate de-escalation on all sides". We're escalating towards a full-scale war. "Stop the violence now", he wrote.

A young girl is comforted by her father next to a house damaged by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, in Yehod, central Israel, Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

"The army will continue to attack to bring a total, long-term quiet".

"This violence takes us further away from that goal", Blinken said.

Israelis ran for shelters or flattened themselves on pavements in communities more than 70 kilometres up the coast and into southern Israel amid sounds of explosions as interceptor missiles streaked into the sky. The IDF said more than half of those killed were members of terror groups involved in the fighting and that some, including several of the children, were killed by errant rockets fired from Gaza that fell short of the border and landed inside the Strip, not by Israeli strikes.

The draft underwent a number of amendments per requests from the USA and United Kingdom, whose representative made sure it included a condemnation of the firing of incendiary devices and rockets from Gaza, a diplomat said.

Tensions have also been high over a long-running legal case that could see multiple Palestinian families evicted from their homes to make way for Israeli settlers who, backed by an Israeli court ruling, want to move in.

There appeared no imminent end to the violence.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem as its unified capital.

At the core of the violence that has left dozens dead are tensions between Israelis and Palestinians over Jerusalem, which contains sites sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

The militant group's leader, Ismail Haniyeh, said Israel had "ignited fire in Jerusalem and Al Aqsa and the flames extended to Gaza, therefore, it is responsible for the consequences".

The White House said on Tuesday that Israel had a legitimate right to defend itself from rocket attacks but applied pressure on Israel over the treatment of Palestinians, saying Jerusalem must be a place of coexistence.

"We believe Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live with safety and security and will continue to engage with Israelis, Palestinians and other regional partners to urge de-escalation and to bring calm".

More than 2,100 Gazans were killed in the seven-week war that followed, according to the Gaza health ministry, along with 73 Israelis, and thousands of homes in Gaza were razed by Israeli forces. No one was in the building at the time of the air strikes. A 26-year-old Palestinian was killed Tuesday in clashes with Israeli troops in a refugee camp near the city of Hebron.

The existence of one Hamas office, used by political leaders and officials dealing with the news media, was widely known locally.

In Gaza, a multi-storey residential building collapsed after Israel warned its occupants in advance to evacuate, and another was heavily damaged in the air strikes.

Hamas, which controls the Palestinian territory, said the tower block had been a residential building.

A top Hamas commander has been killed in an Israeli airstrike - the group's highest ranking military casualty since the 2014 war.

Earlier, Defence Minister Benny Gantz warned "this is just the beginning" of Israel's strikes.

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